Baltimore police searching for killers of former Smithsburg man

August 13, 2012|By DAN DEARTH |
  • Joseph Alexander Ulrich Jr.
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Baltimore police said they are asking for the public’s help to find the killers of a former Smithsburg man who was shot Friday morning as he talked to friends on the steps of a house.

Donny Moses, a spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department, said Monday afternoon that detectives didn’t have any suspects in the shooting death of 40-year-old Joseph Alexander “Alex” Ulrich Jr.

“At this point, we’re still up in the air,” Moses said. “We’re hoping someone will come forward.”

Ulrich, who was known as Alex by his family and friends, was shot multiple times in the torso as he stood talking to some friends at 4 a.m. Friday on the steps of a building in the first block of East Chase Street, Moses said during an interview with The Herald-Mailon Saturday. Ulrich was pronounced dead later that morning at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He said one of Ulrich’s friend’s, Lawrence Peterson, 56, also suffered gunshot wounds to the torso.


Moses said Peterson, a community activist who is known informally as “the mayor of Mount Vernon,” remained in critical condition Monday at a Baltimore hospital.

Moses said the shootings occurred in a wealthy section of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood.

Although Moses said police didn’t have a motive, Joseph Ulrich’s brother, James Ulrich, said Saturday that police told his family that four people walked by the men as they were talking. He said two of the four returned and tried to rob one of his brother’s friends when shots were fired.

James Ulrich wrote Monday in an email that a vigil is to be held Tuesday night at 7 at the west plaza of the Washington Monument in the Mount Vernon neighborhood.

“My family will be attending,” he wrote.

He said a second vigil is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Veterans Park off West Water Street in Smithsburg.

James Ulrich said his brother’s funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Ann Roman Catholic Church in Hagerstown.

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